AMEX KrisFlyer Ascend offering 37,500 miles sign-up bonus

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From now till 28 August, get up to 37,500 bonus miles when you sign up for an AMEX KrisFlyer Ascend through The MileLion.

American Express has launched a new sign-up bonus for the AMEX KrisFlyer Ascend which runs from now till 28 August 2022.

New cardholders who apply via The MileLion and spend S$3,000 will receive up to 41,100 miles (37,500 bonus + 3,600 base miles), together with the standard AMEX KrisFlyer Ascend benefits such as four lounge vouchers, and a 1-night Hilton voucher redeemable at 253 hotels across Asia Pacific.

❓ Who is eligible?
This offer is open to anyone who has not cancelled a principal AMEX KrisFlyer Ascend card in the past 12 months. If you currently hold other AMEX cards, you will still be eligible.

New AMEX KrisFlyer Ascend offer

Apply Here
 Old Offer
(till 10 Jul 22)
New Offer
(from 11 Jul 22)
 SpendMilesSpendMiles
First Spend Any 5KAny5K
Pay Annual Fee10K
Milelion Bonus
(Months 1-3)
S$2K
7.5K
S$2K7.5K
Sign-Up Bonus
S$3K
(mo. 1)
1N HiltonS$3K
(mo. 1-3)
15K
Base Miles3.6K
(S$3K @ 1.2 mpd)
3.6K
(S$3K @ 1.2 mpd)
Total SpendS$3KS$3K
Total Miles16.1K + Hilton41.1K

All first-time American Express KrisFlyer cobrand cardholders will enjoy 5,000 miles on their first spend of any amount. This is a once per lifetime bonus. 

Cardholders will receive 10,000 miles upon paying the mandatory S$337.05 annual fee and making their first spend of at least S$1. 

Cardholders who apply via The MileLion and spend S$2,000 in the first 3 months of approval will receive 7,500 miles. If they spend a further S$1,000 (i.e. S$3,000 total) within the first three months, they will receive a further 15,000 miles.

To summarise the offer, by spending S$3,000 in the first 3 months of approval, you’d receive up to 41,100 miles, broken down as follows:

  • 5,000 miles (first spend bonus)
  • 10,000 miles (annual fee bonus)
  • 7,500 miles (MileLion bonus)
  • 15,000 miles (sign-up bonus)
  • 3,600 miles (base miles earned for S$3,000 spend @ 1.2 mpd)

Bonus miles will be awarded within 8-10 weeks of meeting the respective spending thresholds. 

The T&Cs of the sign-up offer can be found here.

The T&Cs for the 7,500 bonus miles for MileLion readers can be found here (read page 3 & 4).

What spending is eligible?

AMEX provides a list of excluded spending categories here, but the key ones to note are: 

  • GrabPay top-ups
  • Insurance
  • SPC transactions
  • Utilities

For the avoidance of doubt, CardUp, hospital transactions, donations, and anything else not explicitly stated in the exclusion list will count as eligible spend. 

Overview: AMEX KrisFlyer Ascend

Apply Here
Income Req.S$50,000 p.a.Points Validity3 years
Annual FeeS$337.05
Min.
Transfer
N/A
Miles with
Annual Fee
NoneTransfer
Partners
  • SIA
FCY Fee2.95%Transfer FeeNone
Local Earn1.2 mpdPoints Pool?N/A
FCY Earn2.0 mpd
(Jun & Dec)
Lounge Access?Yes
Special Earn2 mpd on SIA and KrisShop, 3.2 mpd for GrabAirport Limo?No
Cardholder Terms and Conditions

The AMEX KrisFlyer Ascend has an annual fee of S$337.05, which includes:

  • 4x lounge passes to participating Plaza Premium Lounges worldwide (including SATS Premier Lounge in Singapore)
  • One-night stay at participating Hilton Hotels across Asia Pacific
  • Hilton Silver status (that may not sound like a lot, but allows you to enjoy the 5th night free on award redemptions- very valuable if you’re buying Hilton points)

Cardholders earn 1.2 mpd on all Singapore dollar spending, and 2 mpd on foreign currency spending in June and December (1.2 mpd otherwise). Grab Singapore transactions earn 3.2 mpd, capped at S$200 per calendar month.

Cardholders who spend at least S$15,000 on eligible purchases  at singaporeair.com within the first 12 months of approval will be automatically upgraded to KrisFlyer Elite Gold. This upgrade is valid for one year, after which they will need to requalify through regular means.

Your complete guide to KrisFlyer Elite Gold benefits

Spending S$15,000 on eligible purchases on singaporeair.com between 1 July to 30 June of the following year also gives a double miles accrual voucher, which can be applied to a booking to earn up to 5,000 bonus miles. 

A further 500 bonus miles can be enjoyed for making a first telco recurring bill payment at participating merchants. 

Conclusion

New AMEX KrisFlyer Ascend members who spend S$3,000 and pay the first year’s S$337.05 annual fee can get up to 41,100 miles. That’s an excellent haul, all things considered. 

This offer is valid till 28 August 2022, and remember to apply via the links in this article to claim your bonus 7,500 miles.

Aaron Wong
Aaron Wong
Aaron founded The Milelion to help people travel better for less and impress chiobu. He was 50% successful.

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George

Can the Solitaire PPS Credit Card holder apply this and enjoy the benefits?

Guest

Hi Aaron, I am already holding KF blue and platinum charge card. Am i still eligible for this promotion, if i upgrade my KF blue to Ascend ?

Klep

What a pity i missed out on the previous offer where 2 hilton singapore night stays now become 25k miles..

JJJJ

Must I do the annual payment or can i skip that and forgo that portion of the miles?

tjh

can amex krisflyer blue card holder apply for this ascend card and be entitled to this promotion?

tjh

thanks!

Ray

Question: is this offer without the 1 night Hilton stay because it was not mentioned the new offer table but later in the bottom of the page.

Confused

“If they spend a further S$1,000 (i.e. S$3,000 total) within the first month, they will receive a further 15,000 miles.”

Must be within first month? If so, then the “summary” should be spending $3000 within first month?

Shaun

Hi Aaron, I’m a KF blue card holder and I understand this offer is valid even for existing KF blue members. However, what I’m not sure is whether I’ll receive the 7.5k referral bonus? On one hand, the T&C shows only around 2k bonus if referrer holds a KFA card. Additionally, saw a clause in Point 2 of T&C stating offer is not applicable for existing personal Amex KF CC holder”.

Can you share your thoughts on this as the exclusion of 7.5k miles changes the value proposition of the sign-up bonus by quite a bit. Thanks!

Shaun

I see, didn’t notice the different headers in the T&C. thanks!

Anon

As a new to Amex customer with an upcoming 5K spend, if I apply for the Amex Krisflyer blue credit card first, and then the Ascend card will the two ongoing current sign-up bonuses be stacked?

Bern

Would like to know the same too!

Anon 2

Would love to know this too! Aaron any comments? 🙂

Jared

Will I be able to earn both milelion bonus if I apply for the AMEX krisflyer card (4k) first and then follow by the AMEX krisflyer acend card (7.5k) within the promotion period?

anon

Hi, can i check on the milelion promo? It ends 28 aug and not 30 sept as mentioned in the article?

anon

Thanks for the reply Aaron! Do you have any idea of when the new offer will be launched? Am also assuming the existing amex sign up bonuses would not change?

Ascend

How about an application submitted before 28 August but received approval after 28 August? Will it be considered under this existing sign up promotion?

abdy

i , i applied before 28 Aug and card approved 31/8, will i still get the mileslion bonus miles?

Ascend

Yes, please refer to Aaron’s reply to a similar question above.

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